August 14 Racing Tips: Staxton on the money at Ripon

Planet Sport tipster Ross Brierley is back to pick his hot tips from racing at Newbury and Ripon on Saturday, August 14.

It's finally Saturday, and the Ebor Festival at York is just around the corner. You'll be needing some winners to boost your coffers before that, why not have a look at Ross' selection below.

Also check out Planet Sport Bet's fantastic 'neck and neck' offer that should soften the blow a little if your horse comes a close second in all ITV Races.

Here's a quick snapshot of what we are tipping on Saturday, click on the horse's name to have a punt with Planet Sport Bet.

Bayside Boy (1.45 Newbury)

Ajyaall (2.55 Newbury)

Staxton (3.45 Ripon)

1.45 Newbury - Bayside Boy

With York just around the corner, this Saturday afternoon's action is one of those middling Saturdays where there are a few feature races, but nothing that absolutely grabs you by the ears and demands that you take attention.

But we can still find some winners, and they pay out the same regardless of the quality of the racing. So let's try and find a few, starting with a couple from Newbury and one at Ripon.

First race of the day then is the 1.45 at Newbury, a juvenile listed contest formerly known as the Washington Singer Stakes and a race that Roger Varian has an excellent record in. He's won this twice in the past decade with only two runners so he's got an unbeaten record to maintain.

Saint Lawrence won this last year and the very classy Belardo a few years ago, so Bayside Boy has quite a bit to live up to here, but he should have a huge chance after what was a very impressive debut win at the track.

He beat a 1/3 shot Find, who'd only been narrowly beaten by Lusail, who went on to win the July Stakes next time out and Bayside Boy was switched off at the back of the pack and came through to win very cozily by three and a half lengths.

He's got a beautiful pedigree, related to a couple horses that Richard Fahey did very well with, Homecomings and Forest Ranger, both of which ran big races as juveniles, and Bayside Boy ate up the ground and was going away at the death.

With that course and distance form under his belt, he should go very close for an in form yard.

2.55 Newbury - Ajyaall

Seven furlongs the distance then for this Newbury handicap, the 2.55. A couple of interesting three-year-old challengers at the head of the betting.

Aratus for Clive Cox and Sunset Bay, who's been in great form for Ed Walker and Hollie Doyle, but we're going for an older horse here in the shape of four year old Ajyaall, who hasn't quite got to grips with his season after two runs at York, but things look on the up this time around.

He was a dual winner as a three-year-old in novice company, including when winning comfortably over seven furlongs on debut and then at Wolverhampton on his final start during the Autumn.

Since he returned, though, as I said he's been to York for two runs. Now the yard normally do pretty well at York. But this horse has not been handling that particularly unique and quirky track. He was keen and he was slowly away on his debut this season behind Volatile Analyst in soft ground and last time out he looked like he was going to come there and win.

He almost hit the front furlong from home but got swallowed up late, but that was over a mile. Now he dropped back to seven furlongs, and crucially Tom Marquand, who is in fantastic form at the moment, gets back in the saddle.

He is currently one from one aboard this horse who does look a bit of a tricky ride. But there's not too much pace, Jack's Point the possible and likely lone speed and Ajyaall, who isn't too far away, can sit on his heels and hopefully strike in the 2.55.

3.45 Ripon - Staxton

The 3.45 at Ripon is the feature of their season, the William Hill Great St. Wilfrid Stakes. It's a typically tough sprint handicap, but Ripon is a tough track to handle. Like corrugated iron, say many of the jockeys, so you want a horse who is proven there.

There are quite a few in this contest admittedly, but Staxton absolutely loves this track. His last three wins have all come here at Ripon, and crucially all three under jockey Duran Fentiman, who hasn't been riding for his last few starts, but has a fantastic record on him here at Ripon.

He's ridden him four times at the track, he's won three and the other one was fifth in this contest behind Dakota Gold, where the other three horses in front of him were on the far side.

So he's very well handicapped, he's here off a mark of 92, he went off at 91 earlier in the season he's got his favourite jockey on board, he's not badly drawn and conditions should be absolutely ideal for Staxton, who was a bit disappointing last time out behind Mr Wagyu, but we've got the feeling that this has been the target all year for Tim Easterby's very versatile and Ripon loving Staxton.

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